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Interim Director of David Mahoney Institute of Neurological Sciences: Marc Dichter
April 27, 2010, Volume 56, No. 31



Dr. Marc A. Dichter has been appointed Interim Director of the David Mahoney Institute of Neurological Sciences (DMINS), effective immediately. A search committee to identify a permanent director will be announced shortly. 

Dr. Dichter, one of the nation’s leading epilepsy researchers and clinicians, served as director of the DMINS from 1996-2002. He is the author of more than 110 research papers and recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the Javits Award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. He earned his MD and PhD (in neurophysiology) from New York University and joined the Penn faculty in 1986. 

Founded as the Institute of Neurological Sciences in 1953, the Mahoney Institute was renamed in 1985 to reflect the strong interest and support that David Mahoney, president of the Dana Foundation, brought to neuroscience and the Penn community. Throughout its history, the Institute has emphasized and nurtured the idea that major advances in brain research must encompass the expertise, dedication, and cooperation of scientists from many fields of research. Currently, the DMINS comprises over 180 faculty members from six Schools and 32 departments across the University, making it a major locus for interdisciplinary knowledge on nearly every aspect of the nervous system.

Almanac - April 27, 2010, Volume 56, No. 31